tv Nancy Grace HLN February 4, 2010 3:00am-4:00am EST
♪ >> welcome to comcast local edition. i'm donna richardson. and my guest this hour is doug gansler, maryland attorney general. thank you so much for coming in. >> good to be here. thanks. >> we have issues with how we elect our judges, and it's really problematic, so explain to everyone how we can at least address this issue. >> it is problematic. what happens is the governor appoints somebody to be a judge, and then they are on the ball let the very next election, and the problem with that is three-fold. one is we are polite sizing
people that ought not to be politesized. second, and the supreme court just had a case about this last year, which called in to question, the very nature of campaign contributions to judges. the supreme court said in that particular case, the judge had toe recuse himself because he received money from one of the lawyers that was appearing before him. they didn't say where the line is, but it really points out the problem of these people running for judge, and the first people they call -- in fact the only people they can call are the people that know they are the judge, which are the people that appear before them. and the third problem we have is minorities on the bench. we have 24 jurisdictions in maryland. two are ma joerty/minority.
[ technical difficulty. ] >> this problem has a problem, but it's not in that contested election format. >> excellent. moving along the chesapeake bay is under attack from so many different areas. explain the no discharge zone. >> every year i have one sort of priority bill environment, and we passed the last three, and they have all had different impacts. this year we are trying to deal with human waist. so that they dump holding takens in to the water. it's not the big problem, but it does contribute 1% of all of the nitrogen. most boaters have tanks that bring in to the arena, and it goes in to the wastewater treatment system. look, you wouldn't want to be in the bathtub with 1% of human
waste, or be in the pool, so we want to make sure the whole chesapeake bay is a no discharge zone. >> making salvia illegal. >> that's a drug they sell in ocean city and college campuses. it is illegal in all of the states. kids have died from using it. if you type it in on youtube, you will see kids filming each other using it. today it is legal to be sold in maryland to 9-year-old, 8-year-old kids, and they do buy it. so we want to make that illegal for at least for juveniles here in the state of maryland. >> excellent. unfortunately we have run out of time, but thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> if you are interested in what comcast is doing community, go